I decided my musings are more Blog worthy than Forum worthy.

As far as I am concerned, my car runs on ritual magic. I basically know how it works and I used to be able to do things to to engine but now they are computerized and more complicated. I put gas in my car, I turn the key and it runs. A matter of faith.

I take it to the Car place when the lights come on and tell me to 'change oil' or 'check tire pressure'. I know what these mean and could posslibly do it but the nice priest/mechanic takes care of it for me. It runs well. The heater works, the air conditioner works and while knowing basics about kenetic energy, pistons, carborators, ect. I really don't need to know anthing else. It might as well BE magic.

My computer is magic too and the internet.

There are a lot of things I don't totally understand, but I don't have to really.

Science and technology have taken all the work of knowing about everything and condensed it so I just have to know enough. I don't have to fix my car, my computer, my refrigerator, my plumbing or my tv. There are people who specialize in those things.

People ask where the scientific proofs of evolution and cosmology are. They sneer at the word 'theory.' Well, we have millions of scientists in all areas who have done most of the heavy lifting and people such as Richard Dawkins and Stephen Hawking, among many others, who are able to explain it to those of us who are not scientists.

I understand the way an internal combustion engine works was a theory. And gravity is a theory we take for granted and actually the sun rise tomorrow is a theory, but we are pretty sure it will happen.

I don't have to know how the universe works in detail. I have read about it and will continue to read. I don't need to have all the details in my brain and think about them constantly to know that they are true. I don't have to debate them with myself any more than I have to think about how my car works when I turn the key. So far, for this car it has always worked. I have had other cars, of course, I could not have faith in.

No I don't believe in magic really, but when the tech guy makes my computer work again or the car guy gets my car running, it sometimes feels like magic. But I am glad it is all science.

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Tags: Dawkins, Magic, Richard, cosmos, evolution, science

Comment by Jaume on November 15, 2010 at 9:40am
I put gas in my car, I turn the key and it runs. A matter of faith.

Nope, it's a matter of trust. Faith is belief in spite of evidence, while trust is belief corroborated by evidence: the more times you see your car working when you feed it gas and turn the key, the more you trust it'll work that way in the future. Faith is just the opposite, like when one keeps on praying while evidence that prayer helps solving problems is lacking.
Comment by Loop Johnny on November 15, 2010 at 10:08am
Wonderfully put Jaume.
Comment by Gaytor on November 15, 2010 at 10:23am
The point of the blog is excellent.
Comment by Jason Paisley on November 15, 2010 at 10:30pm
Magnets how the fuck do they work?
Comment by Joli on November 16, 2010 at 12:24am
i like this very much. Good job :)
Comment by Joli on November 16, 2010 at 12:25am
@ jason - God did it lmao! It's his will LOL
Comment by Jaume on November 16, 2010 at 5:56am
Aaaah , "god did it" - the most concise and elegant way ever to explain something you don't understand with something you understand even less. That's human genius at work.

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